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Alec Burks went largely unnoticed as a high school recruit, despite being the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri, and has continued to toil in anonymity into his second year at Colorado.
Luckily for him, NBA scouts haven't failed to notice Burks' stellar play and, more importantly, the bounty of physical tools that have propelled him toward his accomplishments thus far.
Those accomplishments include averages of 17.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a freshman, and sophomore stats of 19.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game thus far in the 2010-2011 season.
His gifts include the ideal height of an NBA shooting guard (6'6"), the athleticism to jump out of the gym and shut down opposing players on defense, and the coachability to listen and develop into a more polished player.
Like so many players of his slender (185 pound) build, Burks is a late-bloomer and, as such, has plenty of room to grow with regard to his strength, his shooting touch and his understanding of the finer points of the game.
Thus, though Burks is clearly a player with a ton of "upside," he has shown enough thus far to suggest that he will actually capitalize on his potential.